This year’s French Open had it all: Doubles Take looks back while getting dimpled soles ready to step right into the grass-court season.
CZECH IT OUT
No one could have anticipated the damage Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya would do to the women’s doubles draw at the French Open. The duo from Japan defeated four seeded teams along the way to their first Grand Slam final.
They couldn’t beat a fifth one, though: Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, the No. 6 seeds, won the final in straight sets for their first major title.
The Czechs aren’t complete strangers to Grand Slam success: In 2013, they captured three straight girls’ doubles majors, starting with the French Open.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
On the men’s side, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert brought an end to the calendar-year Slam hopes of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic by topping this year’s Australian Open champs in straight sets in the final.
It’s the third Slam for the French team, who’s only missing the Australian Open for the career Slam.
Pavic was actually first denied the opportunity for a 2018 sweep of the majors in the mixed doubles final as he and Gabriela Dabrowski fell to Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig, 10-8 in the deciding tiebreak.
Chan and Dodig each won the first mixed doubles title of their illustrious careers, and it’s Chan’s first title of the year in any discipline.
A LOOK AHEAD
Those charged with keeping the pros’ clay-caked socks clean can rejoice for a few weeks: Grass-court tennis has arrived. The men and women are both in 's-Hertogenbosch this week. Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo—who dominated on the lawns last year from start to finish—are the top seeds. The second-seeded team of Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus has an intriguing opener against Lleyton Hewitt—who’s gone from retirement to doubles specialist in a few months—and Alex Bolt. Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs, and Kiki Bertens and Kirsten Flipkens, both of who have already won their openers, headline the women’s draw.
At the ATP stop in Stuttgart, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer sit atop the draw sheet., followed by Australian Open semifinalists Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff. The fourth-seeded team of Marcelo Demoliner and Feliciano Lopez are already through to the quarterfinals.
In Nottingham, Lyudmyla Kichenok and Alla Kudryavtseva are the top sees at the WTA event. The second seeds, Nadiia Kichenok and Anastasia Rodionova, are already out after dropping their opener to Desirae Krawczyk and Giuliana Olmos.
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